Police arrest 414 to disrupt gang violence

2017-09-05 06:01

Police in the Nyanga policing cluster arrested 414 people during crime prevention operations. They were arrested for various crimes ranging from possession of drugs, firearms and ammunition to crimes against women and children.

According to Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett, the integrated operational deployment and disruptive, high-density patrols were aimed to combat gang violence.

The operations, under the command of Brigadier Christopher Jones, focused on reducing gang violence in hotspots.

Almost 160 drug houses were searched, where police arrested 290 people for possession of drugs.

Shebeens were visited 111 times and almost 2000F alcohol was confiscated.

“Alcohol is one of the leading causes of the increase in contact crimes, including crimes against women and children. Jones encouraged the community to act responsibly when indulging in alcoholic beverages, including the use of it around children,” says Bennett.

Police on high-density patrols confiscated 18 illegal firearms and ammunition, arresting 16 people at the same time.

They also confiscated 16g heroin, 640g tik, 416 mandrax tablets and 21kg dagga.

“Creating partnerships of trust with the community through various social crime activities and interaction dealing with social needs is of importance to Jones as he wants to address the underlying issues of crime, as this would have a greater impact on creating safe places and spaces in the cluster precinct,” he adds.

Bennett says crimes against women and children remain problematic, as 109 cases were reported, leading to 43 arrests.

“Attacks on police members within the precinct remains a huge concern, as Gugulethu police officers were attacked while doing a routine escort for a medical emergency. This has left an officer injured and emergency services members traumatised,” states Bennett.

V Anyone with information on crime should call the police on 10111 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

Police in the Nyanga policing cluster arrested 414 people during crime prevention operations. They were arrested for various crimes ranging from possession of drugs, firearms and ammunition to crimes against women and children.

According to Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett, the integrated operational deployment and disruptive, high-density patrols were aimed to combat gang violence.

The operations, under the command of Brigadier Christopher Jones, focused on reducing gang violence in hotspots.

Almost 160 drug houses were searched, where police arrested 290 people for possession of drugs. Shebeens were visited 111 times and almost 2000F alcohol was confiscated. “Alcohol is one of the leading causes of the increase in contact crimes, including crimes against women and children,” says Bennett.

Police on high-density patrols confiscated 18 illegal firearms and ammunition, arresting 16 people at the same time.

They also confiscated 16g heroin, 640g tik, 416 mandrax tablets and 21kg dagga.

“Creating partnerships of trust with the community through various social crime activities and interaction dealing with social needs is of importance to Jones as he wants to address the underlying issues of crime, as this would have a greater impact on creating safe places and spaces in the cluster precinct,” he adds.

Bennett says crimes against women and children remain problematic, as 109 cases were reported, leading to 43 arrests.

V Anyone with information on crime should call the police on 10111 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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